slumber party sugar rush
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As someone who grew up in a junk food-free household, half the fun of getting to stay up late with my friends at slumber parties was the sugar rush that helped get us through those countless games of Truth or Dare and repeated Princess Bride viewings. Now that I'm older and after-midnight girl time has graduated to cocktails and discussions of John Cusack's career choices since Lloyd Dobler, my friends and I still get nostalgic for the late-night munchies of our youth.
Turns out, we all had different sleepover snacks depending on where we grew up. When I lived in Minneapolis, the treat of choice was Puppy Chow — the ooey, gooey mixture of melted chocolate and peanut butter coating Rice Chex and covered in powdered sugar. When we moved south to Little Rock, the custom was to nuke slices of Velveeta cheese and a can of diced Rotel salsa to create our own queso.
DIYers like my friend Gena from New Jersey long for the days of build-your-own pizzas. Rice Krispies Treats were the big thing in the West, according to Connie from Orange County and Celena from Seattle. And popcorn was all the rage in the South: Jodi from New Orleans liked hers covered in melted chocolate; Christine from Knoxville craved caramel corn; and in Birmingham, Amy preferred it air-popped and buttered.